What do we love more than our local beaches? Healthy beaches. On Saturday, September 21, more than 1,600 volunteers basked in the "summer" sun and showed the local coastline some love by picking up trash in celebration of California Coastal Clean-Up Day. Dozens of sites throughout the parks participated, from Marin County to San Mateo County. Over the course of the day, 1,647 volunteers removed more than 4,344 pounds of garbage from our coastline. That's equivalent to the average weight of a large SUV.
At Ocean Beach, pictured here, more than 975 volunteers picked up more than 2,000 pounds of trash (about a metric ton) for this 3.5-mile sandy stretch of shoreline. Along the way, volunteers unearthed a rain gutter made for the side of a house and a flip phone.
But the work is not finished! There's always, unfortunately, more garbage to collect. Make every day California Coastal Clean-Up Day when you volunteer with the Parks Conservancy. Check out our Volunteer page for more opportunities to do awesome in the parks.